Our Safety Program Report December 2009
“Everybody at BGC Contracting, including its subcontractors, has the right to come to work, work injury free and to return home safely each and every day”.
As always, Our Safety Program is driven by this belief:
We will continue to evolve Our Safety Program and further develop systems and initiatives as necessary steps in creating a future where there is a NO INJURIES ENVIRONMENT as depicted on the top of the “OUR PROGRAM” face on our TRISAFE pyramid.
To get there we will take actions in the following areas:
We will continue to reinforce commitment to our CHARTER with our workforce in three ways:
• The initial CHARTER presentation at the general induction;
• The introduction of the new “STOP Risky Business” induction sessions by a member of senior management; and
• The CHARTER commitment affirmation and sign off delivered by the employee’s immediate supervisor at the workplace.
I believe in our CHARTER and I am committed to ensure that it is fully understood, accepted and practiced by everyone. To this end we have completed our fifth Perception Mapping Survey of everyone to see how we are performing and take actions as appropriate. Feedback sessions will be held by our senior management at all sites during early 2010.
Our Core Values in our CHARTER influence our attitudes, and these attitudes influence our behaviour. It follows that if our values are aligned, we will exhibit the right attitudes and behaviour, and deliver client satisfaction – on time, on budget, safely.
Beginning in December 2009 the Hazelmere Training Centre will present our new general induction incorporating the TRISAFE program and “STOP Risky Business”.
Senior management have played a pivotal role in getting our TRISAFE message out by engaging employees “one on one” and discussing task risk management requirements when they attend sites and projects and reporting these contacts to the Executive Safety Council meeting.
The “Supervisor and Safety Leadership” days at project commencement and the three day “Outstanding Supervisor” and “Leadership Tips and TRICKS” workshops have become an important tool to promote and reinforce the supervisor “One Stop Shop” philosophy.
We continue to make great strides towards Vision 2010 and Beyond and as a result we are increasing employee numbers and man hours worked, we must continue to systematically reduce the number and severity of injuries to our employees to remain well below our competitors and the best industry standards.
In a NO INJURIES ENVIRONMENT, there is no place for any injuries and our continued focus must be the systematic reduction of our All Injury Frequency Rate (AIFR) which is a combination of medically treated, disabling and lost time injuries.
Our current AIFR is 20.30.
Our focus remains not on the injury frequency rates themselves but ALL the steps we need to take to continue to reduce them. I will now review some of the items from the TRISAFE PROGRAM and other Initiatives that step us towards the NO INJURIES ENVIRONMENT.
Long Term Goals and Strategies
To ensure that we continuously improve our safety performance we have established the following long term goals:
• Ensure our people always make the right decisions;
• Improve HSE communication;
• Evolve the HSE business process to better work for us; and
• Deliver effective and sustainable training for our people.
See our “HSE Business Plan” on the Intranet under General Information/ Corporate Services Business Plans.
Safety Behavioral Training for all Employees
The Hazelmere Training Centre will deliver the new “STOP Risky Business” workshop to all new employees and long term subcontractors before they get to site. This initiative will have a great influence on safe behaviours by showing why we believe that if we “STOP”, we will be in a position to make the right decision about what we should do next.
HAZOB and S.T.A.R.T. Booklet
This year we have completed an extensive review and evaluation of the S.T.A.R.T. process and booklet. We have simplified booklet and clarified the process and will have an instruction video ready for release in early 2010.
Strains & Sprains
Our “MoveSmart” program continues to provide our workforce with a structured program of morning stretches and advice on protecting their physical well being throughout the working day. Those projects with a high participation rate continue to show a diminished frequency of sprain and strain injuries.
Cintellate Statistical Analysis Program (Accessed on Intranet)
Site Safe (on the Intranet) continues to provide valuable data leading up to the Cintellate software implementation. Cintellate will allow us to analysis our incident and hazard reporting data to new levels and will assist in focusing our safety effort in the most appropriate direction.
As part of the major Business Management System (BMS) review begun in July 2009 all of the standards and procedures in the Health Safety & Environment (HSE) section of the BMS have been revised. Our aim is to make them more relevant and user friendly. This review includes many contract specific documents that are received from project personnel for inclusion in their individual Contract Management Systems (CMS). Of note has been the revision of the HSE and QA audit protocols to raise the BMS/CMS compliance levels across the projects.
A continued program of training for users of the CMS at sites has seen the acceptance and compliance with the systems continue to rise.
Safety Achievers Award
We started 2009 with the goal that all projects would be 100% compliant with the Safety Achievers award criteria every month. While most sites have managed to meet this target there is still room for improvement at others. We must continue to focus on compliance in such areas as pre-start meetings, toolbox talks, HAZOBS, JHA reviews & Action Close out register, etc.
Annual Safety Awards
The TRISAFE Premier Team award was won by the very deserving team at the Koolan Island Project. The team has shown remarkable improvements in safety performance in a very remote and challenging environment.
Catastrophic Risk Management
Beginning in December we have engaged safety consultants ZEAL Group to determine if we have identified and controlled those major risks within our business likely to result in a fatality. Two separate pilot programs will be completed, the first at Koolyanobbing Mining project, the second at Cape Preston AG Mills project. This will give us a catastrophic risk management template to use on existing and future mining and civil projects.
The Christmas/July Initiative continues to prove a valuable tool to refocus our workforce during periods of traditionally high incident rates
Subcontractor Safety Management
Subcontractors comprise a significant part of our workforce and we have a responsibility for their safety. After assessing their suitability to join our team and where subcontractors do not have their own programs, we ensure that they fully understand and participate in our TRISAFE program. Our subcontractors’ employees complete the Safety Attitude Survey at recruitment and attend the BGC General Induction and “STOP Risky Business” sessions at Hazelmere.
Contract Specific Requirements
Whilst we continue to update our safety systems we have been careful to ensure that our safety program continues to meet client specified standards and targets.
In some cases we have augmented our programs to meet client specifications but by and large our program covers the significant requirements of all clients.
Achieving the NO INJURIES ENVIRONMENT is the responsibility of everyone working as a focused team, together.
- John Dunkley